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A Deep Dive Into Tax Policy

tt-taxes-v4.jpgTaxes present an obstacle for legislators. It is one of the most common subjects that arises in a campaign and remains on one’s agenda long after the election is over. I suspect that one of the reasons that it evokes such emotion is that it affects most people. You work, play by the rules and then see that portion of your money gone from your paycheck. It can make you wince, and even if you don’t pay taxes, you feel its impact on everything from services to infrastructure.

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A Different Kind Of Summer Reading List

tt-reading-v3.jpgWhile taking the time the other day to sort through a staple of newspapers and magazines, I came across an article devoted to a summer reading list. It’s a good idea because it exposes everyone to a different reading experience that you might not otherwise consider.

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The Integrity Of The Voting Process


The integrity of our election system is one which we must all safeguard. No matter our political affiliation, ensuring that American citizens have unfettered access to the ballot box  is essential to our democracy. That's why the actions of President Trump's Election Integrity Commission are so troubling.

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Happy 4th of July

tt-july4.pngNext Tuesday, our country celebrates its 241st birthday. As we prepare for the commemoration of our independence, I'm reflecting on what it means to be American, our shared dreams, and the future of our country.

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Promoting Fairness And Safeguards For Prepaid Debit Cards

tt-debit-cards.jpgI recently drafted a proposal, A4965, which regulates prepaid accounts by limiting the fees that may be charged in connection with those accounts. The proposal would also limit a consumer’s liability for an unauthorized electronic fund transfer involving the consumer’s prepaid account, and require financial institutions holding prepaid accounts to disclose certain information to consumers. It is mirrored off of the regulations that were issued by the Consumer Financial Protections Bureau (CFPB), which have been under assault by President Trump and members of the Congressional leadership.

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Voting Rights Under Assault

tt-voter-fraud.jpgIntense and often highly partisan battles over the right to vote have gripped our nation. It is critically important to safeguard the integrity of our electoral process. However, in the fervor to achieve that goal, we must not intentionally or otherwise undermine access to the ballot box. Some in our country have tried to make exaggerated claims of voter fraud as a mask to subvert the ability of all Americans to have a say in our sacred democracy. This should chill all of us regardless of our political stripe. The price that was paid by so many for the right to vote in our country demands that we speak in a unified voice against those who seek to deny this constitutional right.

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Continuing The Search For Equality

tt-lgbtq.jpgJune is LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Pride Month. It is not an “official” holiday, but the cause for celebration is in what it represents: that equality matters and it's important for everyone to stand together to allow our neighbors to love whomever they choose.

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Connecting The Pieces Of The Health Care Puzzle

tt-health-care-puzzle.jpgThe first step in solving the health care puzzle in the United States is to recognize that there is no single idea or a one-size-fits-all legislation that makes the problem go away. It is too broad and too complex. However, by creatively examining each piece of the puzzle, we can design an interlocking package of health care solutions. This is what I have attempted to do on the state level along with other well-intentioned legislators, to offer an encompassing umbrella that covers a broad segment of health care issues.

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Repeating The Insanity Of The War On Drugs

tt-war-on-drugs_(1).jpgFew clichés have entered the lexicon with such persistence as the one that maintains that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Unfortunately, this cliché survives and it aptly describes United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ proposed sentencing guidelines applied to convicted drug users.

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Human Trafficking: Closing Down The Traffickers

tt-human-trafficking-v2.jpgIn the war against human trafficking, a first-of-a-kind lawsuit against a Philadelphia motel signals a new and important crime prevention tool. In Pennsylvania, this new law allows victims of sex trafficking to sue the hotel or motel where the abuse occurs.

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